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Michael Bennet

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Candidate’s Grade

A

Grading Methodology

A+: comprehensive democracy plan with impressive public financing plan, promise to fix democracy first

A: comprehensive democracy plan with a strong policy in each category

B: notable proposals but overall plan lacks depth regarding scope and/or implementation

C: few democracy reform proposals, campaign makes infrequent mentions of reform

D: no meaningful democracy plan

F: active opponent of democracy

Candidate Policy Positions

Everyone’s Vote Should Count (Equally)

  • Eliminate the Electoral College
  • Ranked choice voting
  • Statehood for D.C.
Voting Rights

  • Same-day voter registration
  • Automatic voter registration
  • Require no-excuse absentee voting and at least two weeks of early voting
  • Require paper ballots
  • Prohibit politically motivated purging of inactive voters from the rolls and significantly increase penalties for intentional voter suppression
  • Ban modern-day poll taxes that make re-enfranchisement contingent on the payment of hefty fees
Money in Politics

  • Public financing of campaigns by creating a small donor-focused matching system
  • Overturn Citizens United
Outside-the-box Reforms

  • Ban Members of Congress from ever becoming lobbyists

Candidate Overview

Michael Bennet has not pledged to fix democracy first.

Bennet released an impressive democracy plan with proposals for ranked choice voting, same-day registration, and no-excuse absentee voting. However, we would like to see further clarification of his public financing plan, as well as his plan to end gerrymandering.

Click here to see his full democracy reform platform.

Here are some policies he could adopt to improve his platform:

  • Repeal discriminatory voter ID laws
  • End gerrymandering with independent redistricting commissions
  • Representation for Puerto Rico
  • A full end to felon disenfranchisement
  • Clarify his public financing plan

If you want to see Michael Bennet embrace these policies, check the bottom of the page for his staffers’ contact information.

In His Own Words

“Our country’s form of government is defined by our fundamental right and responsibility to vote… Our laws should not only protect every eligible voter’s right to cast their ballot, but they should encourage more people to participate by making the process simpler. Our government is stronger when everyone’s voice is heard, and this bill helps make that possible.” Source →

“To fix our politics, we must overcome the forces trying to separate the American people from our government: special interests working to replace the public’s agenda with their own; politicians insulating themselves from accountability through gerrymandering and voter suppression; and foreign actors infiltrating our democracy.” Source →

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